Friday, 25 February 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 26


This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness has a dual sponsorship.
The Shmiras HaLashon and Tehillim thoughts are prepared in the merit of
Rachel Chanah bas Esther for an Immediate and Speedy
Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf.
The Ahavas Yisrael Thought is prepared in  the merit of an Iluy Neshama of Shmuel Yechezkel ben Shlomo, whose first Yahrtzeit was on Friday (21 Adar)


Shmiras HaLashon Thought

If Someone's evil inclination entices him to associate with a group of people who speak Lashon Hara, he should respond (ie to his Yetzer Hara) "it is sufficient that I will be held responsible for my own sins, why should I have to suffer on account of the sins of others?" With this reasoning, the person should therefore strengthen him/herself against his/her Yeitzer Hara and find more appropriate company or even be happy to spend time on his / her own, rather than be exposed to hearing Lashon Hara which is forbidden and may lead us to speak Lashon Hara too. (Guard Your Tonuge – Adapted from the Chofetz Chaim by Rabbi Pliskin)

Ahavas Yisrael Thought

In Pirkei Avot 1: 12 we are taught that Hillel used to say "Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving your fellow creatures and bringing them near to the Torah."
What do we know of Aaron? Aaron HaKohen was the elder brother of Moshe Rabbeinu. We are taught that when Moshe Rabbeinu had a conversation with Hashem at the burning bush, Hashem commanded Moshe to be the leader and bring Am Yisrael out of Egypt. Moshe in his humility, asked what about Aaron. After all, he was older than Moshe and already a Navi, a prophet. The response from Hashem is an amazing one, He told Moshe that he, Moshe need not worry as Aaron would be happy for him. And so it was that Aaron felt no jealousy at all for his younger brother, but instead was only too happy to act as assistant and spokesperson, permitting Moshe to be the leader of the Jewish people.

It is this level of love for his fellow that enabled Aaron to become peacemaker between Jews. Each time that Aaron heard of two Jews arguing he would go to the one and say "Shimon is really upset about what happened" and help Reuven to open up to making peace. Then he would go to Shimon and say, "Reuven is really upset about what happened" and help Shimon to want to make peace. By the time Aaron had finished, Reuven and Shimon would be walking towards one another willing and able to make peace and return to being friends.

This level is truly a unique one, yet it is within our reach as Hillel taught that Aaron acts as a role model of how to love ones fellow Jew and that our task is to become like Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace.

Tehillim Thought

Tehillim 2:7 "I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me: You are my son; this day I have begotten you"

This verse has a few levels of meaning. On one level it is referring to King David who became king of Israel. We are taught that in his humility, King David did not feel worthy of becoming King, and hence Hashem took him as His son and made him king.

On another level it refers to Meshiach from the line of David. We are taught that Hashem offered him, Moshiach ben David anything, however, having seen Moshiach ben Yosef killed, Moshiach ben David asked just for life.

On yet another level we are taught that when the other nations try to annihilate Am Yisrael, which is like a son to Hashem, Hashem responds, that "He will tell of the decree". Meaning that just like a son can not be torn away from his father and that special relationship can not be altered, so too, the decree of Am Yisrael being like a son to Hashem can not be changed. So when anyone tried to bring down Am Yisrael, Hashem's response is to show them the decree, a fact that can not be altered. (Me'am Loez)

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Once again we welcome a few new members to our group. Please do familiarise yourselves with the rules of the group that can be found on LovingKindness.co

Please remember to recite your Tehillim during daylight hours on Shabbos. The names for this week can be found on the same link, Please note the names should be read prior to candle lighting, or you can print the names if you wish to read them on Shabbos, or keep in mind that you are reciting your Tehillim together with this group and for Am Yisrael. We do encourage everyone to read the names though as this has additional power in Shamayim for every name read.

Thank you for your participation in this Tehillim group. We are slowly gaining members. We are currently reciting the sefer Tehilim a little over 4 times, if everyone recites the Tehillim they agreed to recite. At the rate we are going, it will take us about 3 more years to reach our target of 1000 Jewish women in our group. Please help to spread the word so that we can reach our target sooner.

If anyone would like to participate in sending Mishloach Manos to a needy family in Eretz Yisrael please either email me or visit
This is the post from last year, we are about to add an updated one, so please do watch the blog or stay in touch. In general though we would like to give more significant Mishloach Manos than last year, hence your contribution may not go to a complete Mishloach Manos but rather may go together with a few other donations to enable us to give a monetary gift and the food package.

If you would like to send a specific Mishloach Manos gift to a Jewish family that you know in Jerusalem or Beitar Illit, please visit our Website.


Shabbat Shalom

Shoshanah

Friday, 11 February 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 25



This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared as a sign of appreciate to Hashem for the blessing of rain received in Eretz Yisrael thus far this month.

The level of the Kineret has risen in the last 10 days. However we still require 67 cm added to the Kineret to reach the level that is known as DANGER. To get to the all clear requires many more centimetres. That means if it rained constantly as it has the last few days, from now until Purim, we will reach the level that is danger zone. If it continues to rain until Pesach, we stand a chance to be out of danger.

So keep praying and keep showing appreciation for each centimetre added to the Kineret.


Shmiras HaLashon Thought

Someone who only speaks Lashon Hara occasionally is guilty of a serious sin. But someone who constantly gossips and discusses the faults of others is guilty of a far greater sin since s/he repeatedly ignores the Will of Hashem to guard ones tongue.
(Guard Your Tongue – Adapted from the Chofetz Chaim by Rabbi Pliskin)

Bitachon Thought
This weeks Bitachon thought comes from a little book entitled the Sever Pillars of Faith. This book is based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman a great grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. The author is Yitzhak Breiter who discovered the teachings of Rebbe Nachman at age 19 years when he stumbled upon one of the teachings in Likutei Moharan. Yitzhak Breiter perished in the Hollocaust, his photograph shows a strong Jewish face.

"The world considers faith a minor thing but I consider it an extremely great thing … Faith is the foundation of the whole of Judaism. It is the root of all Jewish teaching and practice." (Rebbe Nachman of Breslov)

Stay tuned for further teachings on Faith / Bitchon as brought down by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.


Yitzhak Breiter

Tehillim Thought
Tehillim 2: 4 "He that sits (is enthroned) in the Heavens; the Lord mocks them."

This is referring to Hashem who sits on His throne and laughs at those who plan against us. Me'am Loez teaches further that Hashem who sits far above the luminaries and constellations laughs at those who place their hopes in the constellations; those who try to make predictions based on the stars. To these Hashem laughs and alters the constellations according to His Will.

This teaching and verse in Tehillim is important for every Jew as Jews when following Torah and Mitzvos are not subject to the rulings of the constellations. By returning to Hashem, praying, learning Torah and giving Tzeddakah we are able to sweeten decrees and then, Hashem who sits above the constellations rearranges what is necessary.

May all of Am Yisrael merit a sweet and beautiful decree and may Hashem's laughter also be like that of a parent who laughs from Nachus when watching His children.

We welcome our new members to the Tehillim group. Thank you to those who have joined. We still have a goal of 1000 Jewish women to unite through Tehillim. At present we require over 800 more Jewish women to join us, so please do share with your friends.

As a reminder, our Tehillim is recited during daylight hours on Shabbos. Please read the list of names prior to lighting candles. If you are not able to read the names, please have in mind that the Tehillim you read is towards this Tehillim group and for all Am Yisrael.

The names for this week can be found on Loving Kindness.co

For those submitting names, names must be received by mid-day Wednesday. We do aim to get this Tehillim reminder out on Thursday Israel time so that it is in time for those in Australia.  Let's all make enough effort to consider our friends in Australia and have names and this Tehillim reminder out in time.

Lastly, when typing your names to send in, please do type a capital letter for the first letter of the name and the rest of the name in small letters. This is the way we write or type proper nouns ie names and gives respect to the person whose name we wish to Daven for. I apologise that I don’t have time to edit each name submitted so if you can send it in the correct format, it helps all of us. An example of the name sent correctly would be like those on the list, ie Avraham ben Avraham rather than avraham ben avraham or AVRAHAM BEN AVRAHAM.

Thanks everyone for all your efforts. Together may we hear good news in Am Yisrael, a good that is revealed, visible and manifest.

Shabbat Shalom

Shoshanah

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Chessed Ve'Emet - Bayit Chadash


Shalom Friends

Chessed Ve'Emet (www.lovingkindness.co) are involved in a variety of Mitzvah projects. We'd like to let you know about our Bayit Chadash project. It's really all about helping those couples who are about to get married be able to afford their wedding expenses - and more! It's about giving them those things every single Jewish couple deserves in their home. And it's about making sure they'll be filled with Simcha - taking the stress off financial concerns for the first year.

But it's specific. It's about helping those who truly cannot make it happen. Those who are truly lacking - and would not know where to begin. It's not a high-flyers fund to help those looking to have 500 guests, with 200 family members flown in from overseas, or one of the top ten photographers in Israel bring his crew of 20 friends.

So if you're in need or know someone that is, please do see our main site: http://www.lovingkindness.co/wedding-project.html.

We're always in need of assistance too, so if you're able to help or want to know more about what we're doing, please email us directly chessedveemet@gmail.com.

It's not just financial support we seek. We are always looking for keen friends who wish to volunteer to aid us in our activities. We also accept brand new items which we give away to those in need.

Hoping to help you. Hoping you'll help us too.

Rabbi Eliyahu Shear

Monday, 7 February 2011

Update of our Bayit Chadash Project





There are a couple of important points we would like to clarify with our Bayit Chadash Project, introduce you to the latest couple we are assisting and invite fellow Jews to assist in various ways.

Firstly to clarify a few points:
  • Our Bayit Chadash - Wedding Project does have certain criteria for the types of couples we assist. Mazal Tov to all Jewish couples who are preparing to come to Chuppah. It is a Simchah for everyone, however we have limits and hence specific categories which can be found on our main website
If you fit the criteria, you are welcome to be in touch. Please do realise that it is a process which does take some time.
The current couple that we are assisting are Olim Chadashim and also Baalei Teshuvah. This couple is barely able to make the smallest Simchah. If you have any new items that you are willing to donate to assist this couple, we are collecting:
  • linen
  • towels
  • Judaica
  • kitchenware
  • Seforim relevant to a new couple regarding Shabbos, Kashrus and even Tur and Shas
  • new suit and hat for the Chatan and a few new garments for the Kallah.
We are also collecting monetary gifts to assist them in begining their new home together. 

Please note we only give NEW items to the couples that we assist. If you have any new items that you are willing to pass on to a needy couple, please email us.

If you are a service provider and are willing to assist in reducing costs for needy couples in Yerushalayim, please do be in touch too regarding your service and the special price you are prepared to offer and how many per month.

You are welcome to be in touch with us via email or our website

Friday, 4 February 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 24

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
Taz – Rabbi Dovid HaLevi Segal (1586-1667.) whose Yartzheit ws on 26th Shvat. In the merit of our learning and reciting Tehillim, may the Kever of the Taz be restored or the Taz be moved to Eretz Yisrael; and may the whole Jewish Cemetry be restored and the market relocated to a more appropriate place.

The Taz's shul in Lviv was kept up until the period of the holocaust when it was destroyed by the Nazis Yimach Shmam. His grave in the Jewish cemetery in Lviv was desecrated by the Soviet government, and a market place was set up to cover the entire are of the Jewish cemetery! No Jewish effort has ever succeeded until today to redeem the place of his burial and to establish the monument of his grave anew. Hence we are increasing in Torah learning and Tehillim in the merit of the Taz, that Hashem receive the efforts and unity of Jewish women and decree that the grave of the Taz be restored or moved to Yerushalayim, Ir HaKodesh.

Legend has it that 200 years after the death of the Taz, his grave was accidentally opened – revealing his body completely intact!

To learn about the Taz, please visit an article written by Rabbi Eliyahu Shear  with a special story on the blog A Dwelling Place Below  The name is highlighted as a link, so just click there and enjoy learning about the Taz.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

"Before the Blind, do not put a stumbling block" (Vayikra 19:14)
This commandment refers to placing a spiritual stumbling block in the path of others. If someone causes another to sin, then he violates this prohibition. (Rambam, Sefer Hamitzvos, Prohibition 298; Smag prohibition 168)
When one speaks or  listens to Lashon Hara, you not only sin yourself but you cause others to sin, thereby placing a spiritual stumbling block in their path. (Guard Your Tongue – Adapted from Chofetz Chaim by Rabbi Pliskin)

Bitachon Thought

The story is told that when Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Beditchev heard about Chassidus, he set off for Meziritch to study under the Magid. After several months away he finally returned home. At this time, Chassidus was not well understood and not yet accepted within the Jewish Community and Rabbi Levi Yitzhak's father-in-law was a bit concerned about this lengthy trip. So he asked Rabbi Levi Yitzhak to explain what he had learned.
Rabbi Levi Yitzhak replied: "I learned that G-d existed."
"Even the servant girl knows that," replied his father-in-law.
"She proclaims her belief, I know,'" was Rabbi Levi Yitzhak's reply.
This story is found in Derech Mitzvosecha, Mitzvas HaEmannas Elokus, sec 2; Likutei Sichos, Vol XXVI, p 114ff, What We Believe by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger and other sources.

Tehillim Thought

Tehillim 2:3 reads "(They say) Let us tear their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

There is a lot written on this verse explaining how in the Future, there will come a time when the other nations will try to separate the connection of Yerushalayim below and Yerushalayim above. They will group together and go against Israel. But Hashem will laugh at them and mock them, asking who they think they are to tell G-d, the Creator of all how to deal with His Chosen People.

The commentary explains that ever since Am Yisrael received the Torah at Sinai, the other nations became angry and hateful of us as now they are no longer able to get away with lack of morals, they too have a responsibility given by the Torah and they do not like this. Hence they try to strip Am Yisrael of their Tefillin and Tzitzit, but in the end, Hashem will laugh at them and mock them. He will take their rage against us and turn it against them (the other nations).
                 Summarized From Me'am Lo'ez

The names for this week can be found on LovingKindness.co

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov UMevorach. As we begin the month of Adar Aleph, we increase in Simchah. May we all merit a double reason to celebrate this year with two months of Adar.

Shoshanah

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